Jet Card holders may fly on aircraft certified under either (FAA) part 135 charter or part 91k fractional regulations. The aviation services company ARGUS released numbers for the largest part 135 charter operators and the largest fractional aircraft operators. Here’s a discussion of the largest card providers.
Part 135 Charter Aircraft Operators
The ARGUS numbers below show the ten largest part 135 charter operators in the USA in 2020. The data includes both the number of aircraft in their charter fleets and the total hours flown.
|Gama Aviation Signature||65,307||165|
|Executive Jet Management||37,348||132|
|Jet Linx Aviation||29,664||104|
|Delta Private Jets||26,510||58|
|Travel Management Company||14,624||21|
All of the top 10 offer a jet card or membership program directly and many also provide wholesale access to their fleets for jet cards sold by large charter brokers.
Wheels Up owns four of the top 10, Gama Aviation Signature, Mountain Aviation, Delta Private Jets and Travel Management Company, having acquired all four over the last couple of years. Gama Aviation Signature operates the Wheels Up owned and badged fleet of King Air turboprops and Citation Excel/XLS and X jets. Wheels Up members can use the owned fleet, as well as aircraft owned or managed by the other group companies.
XO is another company that has been on an acquisition spree over the last couple of years. It bought membership broker JetSmarter and also acquired a majority stake in light jet operator Red Wing Aviation Company, which comes in at number 16 on the ARGUS list of operators. XO members have access to the companies own branded super-mid aircraft and those of approved partners.
Executive Jet Management is the aircraft management arm of NetJets. The Ascend program provides fixed hourly rate, jet card access to the planes in their managed fleet.
Jet Linx Aviation is another aircraft management company that offers several jet card programs. The aircraft are operated and managed from 19 locations across the USA, and the company has 2,400 jet card members.
Exclusive Jets operates its own fleet of mainly Citation light, midsize, and super-mid jets. It offers two card programs, Fly Club and Exclusive Club.
Solairus Aviation manages over 180 aircraft from over 60 base locations. Some of these aircraft are not available for charter. The Altitude 25 membership program offers all-inclusive pricing and guaranteed availability to the Solairus managed charter fleet, along with access to the worldwide charter network of approved aircraft from approved third party operators.
Jet Edge Reserve members enjoy priority access to the Jet Edge fleet, and access to over 2,000+ aircraft options.
Part 91k Fractional Operators
The ARGUS numbers below show the largest part 91k fractional operators in the North America in 2020 based on total hours flown.
|Northern Jet Management||4,691|
|West Coast Aviation Services||3,939|
Among these fractional providers NetJets, Flexjet, Airshare, Nicholas Air and Northern Jet Management all offer jet card products.
The other group pf jet card providers are large charter brokers. Sentient Jet is the largest and is generally considered to have invented the jet card. Others include Air Partner and Magellan Jets. They each work with approved charter operators, including the operators above, to provide fixed hourly rate access.